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Choosing a skateboard can be difficult, because many other aspects need to be considered in addition to price and design. Come on, let's see what you need to know and what are the steps when you want to buy a skateboard.
Decide what you want. A pre-set or personalized pattern?
The first thing you need to think about buying a skateboard is if you want a pre-fabricated model from the manufacturer, or you want to create your own plaque. This means that you have to purchase separately: plate, bearings, wheels, screws. If it seems too difficult for you to buy the components separately, you must know that manufacturers are putting more and more models on the market with different features so you can choose the perfect model for you.
Level of experience and style of skating
An important indicator of the type of skateboard that is right for you is your level of experience. If you are a beginner, then it is recommended to buy a classic skateboard and not one to build from pieces. Wheels need to be slightly smaller in diameter and softer to have the grip and stability that beginners need. As the level of experience increases, buyers will opt for longer plates and tougher wheels that speed up.
There are 4 kinds of skateboards depending on the destination of their use:
Vert - This type of skaters prefer specially designed parks with ramps and vertical structures to help them make their favorite moves and tricks. They like speed and prefer skateboards with larger plates to feel stable at high speeds and dangerous moves.
Street & Technical - They are used by those who prefer any aspect of the urban landscape: curbs, railings, benches, stairs and are creative in their movements. Most tricks made on the street are of a technical nature and require many hours of practice and patience to learn. The skateboard's preferred shape is more rounded and tailored for the desired stability.
All Arround - These are the standard skateboards that are used by everyone, whether they're a beginner or not. Plates have different shapes for all tastes and preferences and are versatile, helping to improve skill and style of skating.
Longboard - It's very different from the above skateboards because of the design that allows a more fluid and easy ride, with users making wide turns that resembles surfing. Longboards are widely used as a means of transport, but they are not designed to perform tricks on the street or park ramps, although they also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
The elements of the skateboard
The skateboard deck - is actually the wooden board, traditionally made of several layers (the average is 7 layers of wood), plus their durability and strength. Of great importance is the width of the boards, because along with their length, they lead to different styles of skateboarding. The range of average widths includes 4 categories by age:
Micro: For children up to 5 years old, the plates are between 6.5 and 6.75 inches
Mini: For children 6-8 years old, the plates have an average width of 7 inches
Environment: For children between 9 and 12 years old, the plates have an average width of 7.3 inches
Full size: For users over the age of 13, the width of the plates is between 7.5 and 8.5 inches
Axis - is the T-shaped part to which the wheels attach. It can be found in different sizes, so it is a good idea to know the size of the plate before purchasing, generally the size of the shaft between 7 and 8 inches.
Wheels have two important characteristics: size (or diameter) and their hardness. Classic skateboards have a diameter somewhere between 50 and 60 mm, and wheels larger than 60 mm are used on longboards, adding the desired speed. Small wheels (50-54 mm) are lighter and provide more stability, so they are preferred by athletes who make technical schemes of great difficulty.
Beginners should opt for wheels with a diameter of 54-56 mm, allowing them to go under different conditions and give them the necessary stability in the beginning.
Hardness <88 A - are the smoothest wheels, recommended for harsh surfaces, bumps and pebbles. They are commonly found on longboards, which require increased adhesion to concrete surfaces and provide the desired speed. They are not recommended for technical tricks because their softness reduces the ability to land on the ground and make movements.
Hardness 88 A-95 A - are the most common wheels in standard models.
Hardness 95 A-100 A - are common wheels for street and technical skateboarding.
Bearings - are manufactured with the same wheel dimensions, which makes it fit perfectly inside. The bearings allow the wheels to rotate with less friction and higher speed.
Grip band -is the film that is placed on the board of the board, for better adhesion during movements.
Now you know everything you need to buy your skateboard. All you have to do is get out and get out in the park.